The primary focus of Ascend and Elevate surveys is to understand how students are experiencing their learning environment, specifically, the extent to which they are experiencing critical learning conditions.
The documents linked below describe the learning conditions measured by each program, as well as the specific questions that students are asked:
Each time students take a survey, they are asked one of two fidelity questions to ensure students understand the purpose of the survey and feel comfortable answering the questions honestly.
“I feel comfortable answering these questions honestly.”
“My teacher/instructor will try to use my answers to this survey to make class better for me.”
The surveys periodically ask students a few demographic questions that enable us to disaggregate data in different ways (e.g., to show educators whether male and female students experience a learning environment differently).